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IT'S THE BOOZE TALKIN': Eff the BBFC for Banning The Human Centipede 2!

06.21.2011by: Ammon Gilbert

One of my favorite horror movies of 2010 was Tom Six’s THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. The film had an interesting look to it, it was well made, and maybe most of all, it was effective. The name itself still sends a grotesque revulsion down my spine every time I think about the idea that is the “human centipede” and the film’s execution about tricking the audience into thinking they actually saw something gory and graphic in nature. One of the pure genius of the film is that you actually don’t see a whole helluva lot, at least the really nasty shit, it’s simply implied and your imagination does the rest. That’s f*cked up… and totally awesome. For a horror movie to have that effect on people in this day in age, well… I gotta give the film props. It also makes the news this past week that the BBFC has banned THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 in the UK all the more f*cking stupid. The film isn't even finished yet, yo!

Censorship is one of those things that takes the rights we have as adults and as human beings away—some assclown sitting in an office in some fancy-pants building somewhere is making decisions about what YOU can or can’t see, and that’s f*cking bullshit. Maybe it’s the horror fan in me, maybe it’s the fact that I like making decisions for myself, or maybe it’s because I think rating boards like the British Film Board of Classification (BBFC) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) are f*cking stupid that has me in a rage like never before on this whole banning business of HC2. I mean, banning it? Seriously? What could possibly be the point of banning a movie like HC2? To give it more of an audience willing to seek it out? To give it the credit of being able to say that it was banned in the UK? I know the answer they have, something about decency guidelines and some other horseshit, but really the answer is simply the BBFC is run by rich white dudes who need to control what the people see or watch.

What blows ass even more about this is the fact that HC2 hasn’t even been finalized yet! That’s right, this banning is based on an early cut of the film and the script, as the filming just wrapped and the film is still in post-production (at least, according to its IMBd page), which means they didn’t even give director Tom Six a chance to recut the film or to make changes to the final product or anything at all—they saw it, were grossed out by it, and decided it was too gross for anyone in the UK to see it (legally, at least). You know something is seriously f*cked up here when the BBFC makes the MPAA look like the f*ckin’ coolest film review/rating board on the planet. The MPAA would at least give it a rating, or give it opportunities to re-cut and re-submit the final product, or maybe best of all, it will allow them to not submit it altogether and let them release that shit as UNRATED, which HC2 will undoubtedly be. And for the BBFC to shed positive light on the MPAA… that’s f*cking saying something.

Maybe it’s the booze talkin’, but the BBFC banning THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 is biggest case of bullshit I’ve heard in a long time! Eff that! At this point, the fact that HC2 will undoubtedly be more disgusting, more grotesque, and more all-out disturbing than the first film (which is crazy to think about) is besides the point. Who gives a flying f*ck? This shit is banned, which means the BBFC just lifted it up and put it on a pedestal that it normally wouldn’t have been on. Now it’s too f*cked up for the entire UK nation to see? They just created a whole new audience of people will make it their mission in life to see this f*cking movie. What’s even more ridiculous about this whole thing is that I live in Seattle U.S.A., which means that this banning really doesn’t affect me at all! IFC Films still holds the right and will still have no problem releasing HC2 in the States, which means I’ll be able to never unsee the atrocities that take place in HC2 just like I haven’t been able to forget the nastiness of HC1. But goddamn it, this whole UK banning still pisses me off!!! And yet all this ranting and raving will fall on deaf ears… giving me all the more reason to drink…

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10:31AM on 06/23/2011

And everyone is pissed

Funny that everyone is so pissed about people stripping away their "freedom" of watching a movie they may have never heard or cared for anyways. What bothers me more is the interest in shit like this, as more demented, bloody and sadistic the better. Where´s the line to draw? And yes, I do believe that this overdose of violence and sadism (that even seems to be enjoyed in big multiplexes like "SAW") makes people numb and emotionless to real life violence. Maybe some people should get over their
Funny that everyone is so pissed about people stripping away their "freedom" of watching a movie they may have never heard or cared for anyways. What bothers me more is the interest in shit like this, as more demented, bloody and sadistic the better. Where´s the line to draw? And yes, I do believe that this overdose of violence and sadism (that even seems to be enjoyed in big multiplexes like "SAW") makes people numb and emotionless to real life violence. Maybe some people should get over their own ego and think about the bigger picture and the next generation that grow up with this "as close to snuff as it gets"-form of entertainment.
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1:00PM on 06/22/2011
I'm absolutely sick and tired of the BBFC and their fucking redundant moralising.

Once a movie makes the criteria for an 18 certificate, the BBFC should just fuck right off and allow adults to watch and decide for themselves whether or not it is "disgusting" or will "likely cause real harm" to them.

Did this movie cause "real harm" to the BBFC people who watched it? No, I'm 100% certain that it didn't.

Despite that, the BBFC said "Oh dear me, I wish I hadn't watched that, therefore
I'm absolutely sick and tired of the BBFC and their fucking redundant moralising.

Once a movie makes the criteria for an 18 certificate, the BBFC should just fuck right off and allow adults to watch and decide for themselves whether or not it is "disgusting" or will "likely cause real harm" to them.

Did this movie cause "real harm" to the BBFC people who watched it? No, I'm 100% certain that it didn't.

Despite that, the BBFC said "Oh dear me, I wish I hadn't watched that, therefore we'll refuse to certify it so nobody else can be given the chance of regretting watching it, either. Yes, we should take that choice away from them, because we know best."

And then, decades hence, they'll pass it uncut for home viewing, proving that their job is entirely fucking redundant.
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10:27PM on 06/21/2011
There's no point blaming the BBFC; you're only shooting the messenger. Remember the "video nasties" witchhunt was led by the press and by self-appointed moral guardians like Mary Whitehouse, not by the BBFC.

If the BBFC are not seen to do things like this occasionally then the cynical bastards in the gutter press will accuse them of being too liberal and not protecting our children. The cynical bastard politicians will jump on the bandwagon to avoid a bad headline, and will make life
There's no point blaming the BBFC; you're only shooting the messenger. Remember the "video nasties" witchhunt was led by the press and by self-appointed moral guardians like Mary Whitehouse, not by the BBFC.

If the BBFC are not seen to do things like this occasionally then the cynical bastards in the gutter press will accuse them of being too liberal and not protecting our children. The cynical bastard politicians will jump on the bandwagon to avoid a bad headline, and will make life difficult for the BBFC who will end up having to censor or ban more films.
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9:12AM on 06/22/2011
I see where you're coming from, but where do you draw the line in terms of cencorship? If you're OK with this, it just means the BBFC will push it to the limit to see what else they can ban and get away with...
I see where you're coming from, but where do you draw the line in terms of cencorship? If you're OK with this, it just means the BBFC will push it to the limit to see what else they can ban and get away with...
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6:17PM on 06/21/2011

Whats the point again?

So you´re ranting about the board banning the movie in the Uk but then you claim that you´re not affected at all by it and everyone is able to find the movie if he or she wants to? So what? I´m ok with the decision of the BBFS. If there´s no law about filming every sick and perverted shit that comes into your mind, make money with it and call it "art", there´s at leat someone who´s controlling how and if it´s releasead and who´s able to see it (in this point at least not the average moviefan)!
So you´re ranting about the board banning the movie in the Uk but then you claim that you´re not affected at all by it and everyone is able to find the movie if he or she wants to? So what? I´m ok with the decision of the BBFS. If there´s no law about filming every sick and perverted shit that comes into your mind, make money with it and call it "art", there´s at leat someone who´s controlling how and if it´s releasead and who´s able to see it (in this point at least not the average moviefan)! Sound pretty damn fine to me!
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9:15AM on 06/22/2011
It's the principal of it all, that's why the rant. Just because I don't get discriminated against for being a white male doesn't mean that racists don't piss me off. Where do you draw the line when it comes to "art" as you so-call it? They're making the decisions for people. It's principal, yo!
It's the principal of it all, that's why the rant. Just because I don't get discriminated against for being a white male doesn't mean that racists don't piss me off. Where do you draw the line when it comes to "art" as you so-call it? They're making the decisions for people. It's principal, yo!
3:17PM on 06/21/2011

Ban Censorship

I understand and agree with the rant, but where was the passion at when Hatchet 2 got cut from theaters in the USA. I went from CO to FL to watch it and missed it by a day. We need to take these "Higher Ups" and send them to an island and blow it up. Maybe its the MJ talking.
I understand and agree with the rant, but where was the passion at when Hatchet 2 got cut from theaters in the USA. I went from CO to FL to watch it and missed it by a day. We need to take these "Higher Ups" and send them to an island and blow it up. Maybe its the MJ talking.
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9:17AM on 06/22/2011
Hatchet II was pulled from theaters because it didn't make any money and totally tanked at the box office, not because it was UR or super violent. That sucks you made the trip and missed it by a day, though!
Hatchet II was pulled from theaters because it didn't make any money and totally tanked at the box office, not because it was UR or super violent. That sucks you made the trip and missed it by a day, though!
1:19PM on 06/21/2011
I dunno, this is some pretty vile shit. Having it banned is the one sure way it doesn't get viewed by kids or something and effing them up for life. I am not a fan of censorship, book burning and film banning, but if ever there was an exception to that this would be it. It's one thing to make a scary film and another thing entirely to be making torture porn. It is rather sickening.
I dunno, this is some pretty vile shit. Having it banned is the one sure way it doesn't get viewed by kids or something and effing them up for life. I am not a fan of censorship, book burning and film banning, but if ever there was an exception to that this would be it. It's one thing to make a scary film and another thing entirely to be making torture porn. It is rather sickening.
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9:19AM on 06/22/2011
So you'd rather have a bunch of other people make the decision for you if it's sick or not? Or if it's appropriate for YOU to watch or not? And as far as the kids go, that's a whole other debate that starts and stops with PARENTING. I guess lazy parents can rely on BBFC to make their parenting decisions for them, but that doesn't mean telling an entire country they're not allowed to see a movie is right. It's fucked up.
So you'd rather have a bunch of other people make the decision for you if it's sick or not? Or if it's appropriate for YOU to watch or not? And as far as the kids go, that's a whole other debate that starts and stops with PARENTING. I guess lazy parents can rely on BBFC to make their parenting decisions for them, but that doesn't mean telling an entire country they're not allowed to see a movie is right. It's fucked up.
12:48PM on 06/21/2011
I agree with IwishIwasBond, I don't agree with censorship in any way but, on a personal level I thought Centipede was overrated crap and have no interest in wasting my time on further installments.Still, it should be personal choice if someone does wish to view them
I agree with IwishIwasBond, I don't agree with censorship in any way but, on a personal level I thought Centipede was overrated crap and have no interest in wasting my time on further installments.Still, it should be personal choice if someone does wish to view them
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9:21AM on 06/22/2011
Yes! Content and quality are really the issues here, it's the role of censorship and where people draw the line.
Yes! Content and quality are really the issues here, it's the role of censorship and where people draw the line.
10:58AM on 06/21/2011
These are my exact thoughts on the banning, although we seem to be in the minority here. Most people don't seem to be able to look past the fact that it's a film about people connected at the arse-holes. Whether it's a good film or not, I don't want to be told whether I can or can not watch a film by any form of censorship!
These are my exact thoughts on the banning, although we seem to be in the minority here. Most people don't seem to be able to look past the fact that it's a film about people connected at the arse-holes. Whether it's a good film or not, I don't want to be told whether I can or can not watch a film by any form of censorship!
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10:57AM on 06/21/2011
Although I have no desire to watch the Centipede films I think banning them or any other film is bullshit. If people don't want to watch a movie, they would (I hope) have the sense not to watch it. It is an insult to moviegoers intelligence to have some suit in an office banning something because it isn't to their taste, The BBFC have always had a history of banning anything remotely controversial but I would have thought that in this day and age the "video nasties" would be dead and gone. Let
Although I have no desire to watch the Centipede films I think banning them or any other film is bullshit. If people don't want to watch a movie, they would (I hope) have the sense not to watch it. It is an insult to moviegoers intelligence to have some suit in an office banning something because it isn't to their taste, The BBFC have always had a history of banning anything remotely controversial but I would have thought that in this day and age the "video nasties" would be dead and gone. Let people decide for themselves if they want to watch a film or not, it is not up to you to play God.
Great article dude.
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